Lived in small apartments for years. Gave up the bigger vacuum in favor of a Dust Buster. Had many. Was always disappointed at how hard it was to find replacement bags as well as how weak the recharge got over time. Finally went shopping again. Very confusing out there.
Worse than dating.
Lots of new fangled vacuums, all making promises I didn't believe. Finally tried The Shark. It was super powerful, small, solidly made, with Hepa filter, and had a plug, so I didn't have to worry about bum recharging. It cost less than $50. Perfect.
Problems? In the small vacuum category this really is pretty perfect, but we would very much like it to be bagless and not have such cheap plastic hoses.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 09.29.05)